Ndlovu takes belt back to South Africa

Hammerstein Ballroom undercard report


Ndlovu takes belt back to South Africa

By Scott Shaffer @ ringside

Takalani Ndlovu W12 Armando Guerrero... South Africa has an active boxing scene, but when boxers leave the country for international bouts, they usually return home the losers. On Cedric Kushner's show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, Takalani Ndlovu scored a rare foreign win for South Africa, capturing the IBO junior featherweight title with a clear victory over Armando Gurerero.  Although Ndlovu didn't appear very quick, he was far too busy for Guerrero, doubling and tripling up on his jab and landing solid combinations. The scores were 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112 for Ndlovu, who improves to 24-3 and takes the IBO belt to South Africa.  Guerrero, who was coming off a strong performance in a loss to IBF champion Israel Vazquez, drops to 20-5-6.  

Jorge Teron TKO3 Terrence Thomas... On the same show, Jorge Teron, 8-0, continued to develop and scored a third-round stoppage over Terrence Thomas in a rematch.  Teron showed a very strong body attack and hurt Thomas at the end of the second, causing Thomas to walk back to the wrong corner.  When Teron continued the punishment in the third, Thomas' corner threw in the towel.

James Moore KO3 Manjie Conteh... Another Irish middleweight prospect, James Moore, improved to 4-0 on the Hammerstein Ballroom undercard.  Moore's opponent, Manjie Conteh, 5-6, went down face first twice. Immediately after the second knockdown, the fight was stopped.

Richard Gutierrez KO4 Edison Aguirre... Richard Gutierrez, billed as a protege of the great Roberto Duran, knocked out Edison Aguirre in four rounds to move his pro record to 20-0.  In the third, Aguirre twice took a knee. The Colombian middleweight put Aguirre down for a ten-count with a right hand the following round.  Although his record is perfect, Gutierrez is not ready for the big time yet. He took too many punches from Aguirre, 11-4-1, who is really a blown up welterweight.

Angelo Acevedo D4 Joe Rosa... In the evening's opening bout, Angelo Acevedo, 0-2-1, and first-timer Joe Rosa fought to a unanimous draw in a four-round junior lightweight bout.